Based on a true story, watch an extended preview of the extraordinary women behind the men of the Civil Rights Movement as Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige star in Betty & Coretta. Premieres Saturday, February 2 at 8/7c on Lifetime. Related Stories: Lifetime Premiering Black History Movies Starring Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige & […]
As I contemplated my message to you for our celebration of Black History Month, the riff, melody and lyrics of James Brown’s “I’m Black and I’m Proud” song constantly came tomind. While the line “Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud” is pretty clear, in 1968 it was a fresh and welcome message of a […]
http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/entertainment/gossip/25945 You may not know his name, but you know his pictures. Memphis-based civil rights photographer Ernest Withers documented most of the important moments of the civil rights movement, including the murder of Emmitt Till and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King at Memphis’ Lorraine Motel.
(CNN) — Nelson Mandela is many things to many people — a former president, an anti-apartheid icon, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate — but according to his daughter, he would like to be remembered first as a family man. “My father, I think, would love to be remembered as a family man, as a person […]
http://www.bvnewswire.com/2011/01/07/laurence-fishburne-thurgood-play-hbo-black-history-month/ Thurgood,’ the one-man Broadway play starring Laurence Fishburne in his Tony-nominated performance as Thurgood Marshall, the remarkable Civil Rights lawyer and Supreme Court Justice, will debut Feb.24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT during Black History Month, exclusively on HBO.
VIA: SmokeyRobinson.Com The dictionary defines the popular term “comfort food” as “food prepared in a traditional style having a usually nostalgic or sentimental appeal.” It has been known to have a buffering effect as it soothes the soul and spurs memories of more “comforting” times. If that concept holds up in the kitchen, then it […]
VIA: History.Com On January 18, 1958, hockey player Willie O’Ree of the Boston Bruins takes to the ice for a game against the Montreal Canadiens, becoming the first black to play in the National Hockey League (NHL). Born in 1935 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, O’Ree was the son of a civil engineer, in one […]
The NAACP elected a health care executive as its youngest board chairman Saturday, continuing a youth movement for the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. Roslyn M. Brock, 44, was chosen to succeed Julian Bond. She had been vice chairman since 2001 and a member of the NAACP for 25 years. Brock works for Bon Secours Health Systems in Maryland as vice president […]
VIA: AltheaGibson.Com Born August 25, 1927 in Silver, SC, A right-hander, grew up in Harlem. Her family was poor, but she was fortunate in coming to the attention of Dr. Walter Johnson, a Lynchburg VA physician who was active in the black tennis community. He became her patron as he would later for Arthur Ashe, […]
Washington, D.C., native Taraji P. Henson didn’t always know that her smoldering charisma and beautiful face would make her a professional actress. On the contrary, she originally studied electrical engineering when she enrolled at North Carolina Agric & Tech. She later transferred to Howard University, where she attended classes while working as a secretary at […]